IN SB0001 | 2019 | Regular Session

Status

Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 40-9)
Status: Passed on May 5 2019 - 100% progression
Action: 2019-05-05 - Public Law 210
Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]

Summary

Department of child services. Specifies that all decisions made by the department of child services (department) in specified statutes shall be made in consideration of the best interests of the child. Provides that a petition for adoption of an adult is not required to include a report regarding the health status and medical history of the adoptee. States that a court shall determine that consent to adoption is not required from a parent if the parent is convicted of crimes in another state that are substantially similar to specified crimes. Requires the department to implement and make available telephone contacts for family case managers to provide access to assistance in finding suitable placement for a child. Allows the department to waive the limits on the number of children who may be placed in a single foster home under certain circumstances. Provides for a right to intervene in a: (1) child in need of services proceeding; or (2) termination of parent-child relationship proceeding; by a foster parent, long term foster parent, or person who has been a foster parent of the child, and sets forth hearing requirements on the petition to intervene. Allows a court to find that a child is not a child in need of services based on credible evidence presented by the child's parent, guardian, or custodian that the parent, guardian, or custodian: (1) is financially unable to supply the child with necessary food, clothing, or shelter; and (2) has not failed, refused, or demonstrated an inability to seek financial or other reasonable means to do so. Requires the department and the office of judicial administration (office) to prepare a form that may be used to provide written testimony by certain individuals and allows foster parents to provide written testimony in a format other than the form. Provides that a dispositional decree must require the department to continue exercising due diligence to identify all adult relatives and adult siblings of the child who may be considered as out-of-home placements for the child. Requires the department to include in a progress report prepared for a case review hearing or permanency hearing information concerning the department's continued effort to identify all adult relatives and adult siblings of the child who may be considered as out-of-home placements for the child. Provides that before a child who was: (1) placed in an out-of-home placement; and (2) moved from the out-of-home placement to an in-home placement; may be returned to an out-of-home placement, the court and the department shall make a reasonable attempt to place the child in the previous out-of-home placement. Provides that if: (1) a child has been removed from a parent and has been under the supervision of the department for 15 months of the most recent 22 months; and (2) a petition to terminate the child's parent-child relationship has not been filed; a foster parent, relative of the child, or de facto custodian with whom the child has been placed for at least six months may file a notice with the court. Provides that if the notice is filed with the court, the court shall schedule a hearing within 30 days. Requires the department and the office to jointly provide a report to the general assembly before July 1, 2020, that includes information concerning: (1) the office's progress in providing training and technical assistance to judicial officers regarding foster parents' statutory right to be heard by the court; and (2) the department's progress in improving opportunities for foster parents to provide oral and written testimony to a court.

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Title

Department of child services. Specifies that all decisions made by the department of child services (department) in specified statutes shall be made in consideration of the best interests of the child. Provides that a petition for adoption of an adult is not required to include a report regarding the health status and medical history of the adoptee. States that a court shall determine that consent to adoption is not required from a parent if the parent is convicted of crimes in another state that are substantially similar to specified crimes. Requires the department to implement and make available telephone contacts for family case managers to provide access to assistance in finding suitable placement for a child. Allows the department to waive the limits on the number of children who may be placed in a single foster home under certain circumstances. Provides for a right to intervene in a: (1) child in need of services proceeding; or (2) termination of parent-child relationship proceeding; by a foster parent, long term foster parent, or person who has been a foster parent of the child, and sets forth hearing requirements on the petition to intervene. Allows a court to find that a child is not a child in need of services based on credible evidence presented by the child's parent, guardian, or custodian that the parent, guardian, or custodian: (1) is financially unable to supply the child with necessary food, clothing, or shelter; and (2) has not failed, refused, or demonstrated an inability to seek financial or other reasonable means to do so. Requires the department and the office of judicial administration (office) to prepare a form that may be used to provide written testimony by certain individuals and allows foster parents to provide written testimony in a format other than the form. Provides that a dispositional decree must require the department to continue exercising due diligence to identify all adult relatives and adult siblings of the child who may be considered as out-of-home placements for the child. Requires the department to include in a progress report prepared for a case review hearing or permanency hearing information concerning the department's continued effort to identify all adult relatives and adult siblings of the child who may be considered as out-of-home placements for the child. Provides that before a child who was: (1) placed in an out-of-home placement; and (2) moved from the out-of-home placement to an in-home placement; may be returned to an out-of-home placement, the court and the department shall make a reasonable attempt to place the child in the previous out-of-home placement. Provides that if: (1) a child has been removed from a parent and has been under the supervision of the department for 15 months of the most recent 22 months; and (2) a petition to terminate the child's parent-child relationship has not been filed; a foster parent, relative of the child, or de facto custodian with whom the child has been placed for at least six months may file a notice with the court. Provides that if the notice is filed with the court, the court shall schedule a hearing within 30 days. Requires the department and the office to jointly provide a report to the general assembly before July 1, 2020, that includes information concerning: (1) the office's progress in providing training and technical assistance to judicial officers regarding foster parents' statutory right to be heard by the court; and (2) the department's progress in improving opportunities for foster parents to provide oral and written testimony to a court.

Sponsors


Roll Calls

2019-04-18 - Senate - Senate - Senate concurred in House amendments (Y: 45 N: 1 NV: 2 Abs: 2) [PASS]
2019-04-15 - House - House - Third reading (Y: 90 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 9) [PASS]
2019-04-09 - House - House - Committee Vote (Y: 10 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [PASS]
2019-02-25 - Senate - Third reading (Y: 49 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2019-02-11 - Senate - Senate - Committee Vote (Y: 8 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]

History

DateChamberAction
2019-05-05SenatePublic Law 210
2019-05-05SenateSigned by the Governor
2019-04-30SenateSigned by the President of the Senate
2019-04-29HouseSigned by the Speaker
2019-04-24SenateSigned by the President Pro Tempore
2019-04-18SenateSenate concurred in House amendments; Roll Call 530: yeas 45, nays 1
2019-04-17SenateMotion to concur filed
2019-04-16HouseReturned to the Senate with amendments
2019-04-15HouseRepresentative Wright added as cosponsor
2019-04-15HouseThird reading: passed; Roll Call 511: yeas 90, nays 0
2019-04-11HouseSecond reading: ordered engrossed
2019-04-09HouseCommittee report: amend do pass, adopted
2019-03-28HouseRepresentative Lauer added as cosponsor
2019-03-04HouseFirst reading: referred to Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs
2019-02-26SenateReferred to the House
2019-02-25SenateCosponsor: Representative Steuerwald
2019-02-25SenateHouse sponsor: Representative Mahan
2019-02-25SenateThird reading: passed; Roll Call 181: yeas 49, nays 0
2019-02-21SenateSenators Bray, Grooms, Boots added as coauthors
2019-02-21SenateSenators Lanane, Niemeyer, Ford Jon added as coauthors
2019-02-21SenateSenators Garten, Raatz, Breaux added as coauthors
2019-02-21SenateSenators Spartz and Busch added as coauthors
2019-02-21SenateSenator Taylor G added as coauthor
2019-02-21SenateAmendment #3 (Houchin) prevailed; voice vote
2019-02-21SenateAmendment #2 (Holdman) prevailed; voice vote
2019-02-21SenateSecond reading: amended, ordered engrossed
2019-02-19SenateSenators Messmer, Mishler, Holdman added as coauthors
2019-02-19SenateSenators Bohacek, Zay, Glick added as coauthors
2019-02-19SenateSenators Leising, Freeman, Crane added as coauthors
2019-02-19SenateSenators Ruckelshaus, Brown L, Alting added as coauthors
2019-02-19SenateSenators Crider, Young M, Buchanan added as coauthors
2019-02-19SenateSenators Perfect and Bassler added as coauthors
2019-02-19SenateSenators Becker, Koch, Kruse added as coauthors
2019-02-19SenateSenators Walker, Buck, Ford J.D. added as coauthors
2019-02-19SenateSenators Merritt, Doriot, Niezgodski added as coauthors
2019-02-14SenateSenator Randolph added as coauthor
2019-02-14SenateSenator Mrvan added as coauthor
2019-02-14SenateSenator Rogers added as coauthor
2019-02-14SenateSenator Charbonneau added as third author
2019-02-12SenateCommittee report: amend do pass, adopted
2019-02-11SenateSenator Head added as second author
2019-01-24SenateSenator Melton added as coauthor
2019-01-10SenateFirst reading: referred to Committee on Family and Children Services
2019-01-10SenateAuthored by Senator Houchin

Indiana State Sources

TypeSource
Summaryhttp://iga.in.gov/legislative/2019/bills/senate/1/
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/9/8/f/f/98ff43ad/SB0001.01.INTR.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/5/c/2/6/5c26065a/SB0001.01.INTR.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/f/5/f/8/f5f8ffaf/SB0001.02.COMS.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/e/f/2/0/ef201e78/SB0001.02.COMS.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/1/3/f/c/13fc1065/SB0001.03.ENGS.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/5/7/e/4/57e4c827/SB0001.03.ENGS.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/f/e/d/b/fedb79c2/SB0001.04.COMH.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/4/5/4/1/454158f4/SB0001.04.COMH.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/3/f/e/4/3fe46218/SB0001.05.ENRH.pdf
Roll Callhttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/9/2/a/4/92a4ad7d/SB0001.01.INTR.02.pdf
Roll Callhttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/5/6/f/b/56fb0f4b/SB0001.181.pdf
Roll Callhttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/4/5/3/2/45329ca5/SB0001.03.ENGS.01.pdf
Roll Callhttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/e/6/4/9/e6497a19/SB0001.511.pdf
Roll Callhttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/6/5/b/b/65bbf020/SB0001.530.pdf

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